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Ewer: C.56 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Ewer and cover with peony design. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, incised and celadon-glazed. The body of this ewer is almost globular, and has a low wide neck, a squat spout and a well-proportioned curved handle. The angular dish-shaped cover has a globular knob and a loop for attaching it to a corresponding loop on the handle. The whole appearance is compact, the outlines pure and simple. The base is recessed. An exuberant peony spray is finely incised on either side, while foliate scrolls within lobed panels are framing both spout and handle. Simple scroll motifs are further incised on top of the lid. The glaze is of pale blue-green tone with a subtle gloss. Seven fire-clay spur-marks can be seen around the base, where the glaze has been wiped away.


History note: Formerly in the collection of Aso Takahiko

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1100 - 1150


Ewers of this type were used for wine or tea, and show Koryo celadon ware at its best.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Ewer And Cover composed of stoneware Height 12.8 cm
Foot Diameter 5.5 cm
Rim Diameter 7.1 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.56 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16153
Old object number: 39
Box number: 39
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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